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Inside Donald Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda

Anyone who strives for a clear-eyed view of the Trump administration’s oncoming education agenda will find there is no evidence—zero—of anything other than the most extreme policy agenda for the nation’s public schools.

January 4, 2017
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Gates Foundation To Keep Pushing On Teacher Quality

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has acknowledged that they were surprised by the pushback against Common Core.

October 7, 2015

This Week In Crazy: The Liberals Have Conquered Mars

There’s water on Mars! Not to mention a nefarious evil liberal agenda. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing.

October 2, 2015

5 Reasons The GOP Is In Worse Shape Now Than It Was In 2012

The Republican Party, after eight years of plotting Obama’s demise, is in far worse shape than it was the last time it lost the presidency. Here’s why.

August 17, 2015
Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

5 Reasons Jeb Bush Is Less Popular Than George W. Bush

Jeb Bush isn’t just less popular than you’d expect him to be, he’s less popular than his brother, someone millions of Americans consider the worst president of their lifetime.

May 4, 2015
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How Much Student Testing Is Too Much?

With no easy answer to education reform, Congress meets to decide whether to rewrite the No Child Left Behind act and shift the power to administer tests from the Fed to the States.

April 14, 2015
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Jeb Bush Tells Conservative Activists He Hopes To Be Their ‘Second Choice’

Jeb Bush made his case to the right at CPAC.

February 27, 2015

Can Jeb Bush Make It Right With The Right?

Can the Tea Party learn to love Jeb Bush?

February 25, 2015

5 Policies That Republicans Loved (Until Obama Did, Too)

The easiest way to turn Republicans against an idea is to tell them that Obama is for it.

February 13, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looks on prior to speaking at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Jeb Bush Faces Common Core Fight

How education could cause a fatal split between Jeb Bush and the right wing.

December 29, 2014

Missouri’s Common Core Hearings Marred By Confusion, Debate Over Roles

Common Core isn’t the tyranny that some right-wingers fear — but it’s still off to a rocky start.

October 3, 2014

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

By Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times Results of a national poll released Wednesday show that many Americans are opposed to the newly implemented Common Core standards, although their reasons reveal they don’t understand them. Similarly, the 46th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll gauging public attitudes toward public schools and other education issues, showed strong support […]

August 21, 2014

Teachers Union Targets Education Secretary At National Convention

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES -= A national teachers convention on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to put Education Secretary Arne Duncan on an “improvement plan” as a prelude to replacing him. The action was taken by the American Federation of Teachers, which is meeting in Los Angeles. It represents another marker […]

July 14, 2014

Californians Strongly Support Common Core

By Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Unlike the political uproar and division elsewhere in the country over revamping public-school curriculum, Californians across party lines overwhelmingly support the new standards for education, a survey released Wednesday revealed. The educational standards known as Common Core — adopted by nearly every state — revise […]

April 25, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Obama Blew Up The Malaysian Airplane, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Scott Beason Screenshot: YouTube Many Republicans despise the Common Core state standards initiative, but few do so for reasons as ridiculous as Alabama state senator […]

March 21, 2014

The Twitchiest And Most Influential Voice In the GOP’s Grassroots Will Make Sure The Party Never Rebrands

If you want a crash course in why the GOP’s “rebranding” is doomed, look at what happened with Cracker Barrel over the weekend. The often off-ramp-accessible restaurant chain announced on Friday that it would be pulling Duck Dynasty products from its shelves in response to an interview in which the family’s “patriarch” said, among other […]

December 23, 2013